Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph & Surrounding Areas in Southern Ontario are considered to be one of the most concentrated hubs for landscaping in North America. We therefore participate in the industries latest trends & designs on a daily basis!

Modern linear plank stone hardscape using Techo-Bloc paving stones
Modern linear plank stone hardscape using Techo-Bloc paving stones

The details that you should consider when designing an outdoor living space, including; driveways, patios & walkways, fireplaces & fire accents, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, steps, outdoor lighting, gardens, water features, & stone veneer, is listed in this short blog by the Creative Landscape Depot team.

If you’re looking to upgrade your exterior landscape,, and enjoy your space at another level, then let’s talk about your renovation. Our 2019 landscape & veneer product guide are great resources, and our extensive network of professionals area available to quote you on your projects details.

A stone landscape designed with complimentary plants and foliage
A stone landscape designed with complimentary plants and foliage

“Hardscape refers to hard landscape materials in the built environment structures that are incorporated into a landscape.[1] This can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, sleeper walls, stairs, walkways, and any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as wood, stone, and concrete, as opposed to softscape, the horticultural elements of a landscape.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardscape

8 Design Features & Materials To Be Considered

1) Interlocking Brick vs Other Hardscape Surfaces

Our interlocking paving stone collection is designed to outperform other paving surfaces such as asphalt, poured &stamped concrete, and exposed concrete. Choosing the right product for your hardscape is an important decision. Driveways are subject to a lot of use and abuse by vehicles, people, equipment and chemicals such as salt. The permeability of paving stones may allow us to compliment natural elements and water run off, as well as prevent damage to the product due to staining or shifting and cracking. 

A Stone driveway can be designed to incorporate materials that compliment your home. The right selection and colours can add continuity, which ultimately enhances the value of your home. Personalize your patio, walkway, or driveway, by adding borders and accents to draw out specific colours from your home and create design continuity. Consider adding features like planters, decorative walls, or pillars, to further enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Natural stone texture and laying patterns, as well as colour options are limitless!
Natural stone texture and laying patterns, as well as colour options are limitless!

2) Continuity & Complementing Your Home

The exterior of your home should showcase your design style, lifestyle, and favorite textures and colours. Consider replicating or complementing the features of your home with other elements of your landscape for continuity and a formal outcome.

3) Scale & Proportion

Great design happens when scale, proportion and function are at the forefront. For example, a front walkway should offer enough width for a comfortable entrance while potentially carrying luggage or other items, and where the walkway intersects with your driveway should be wide enough that you can easily access it while getting in or out of your vehicle. The walkway should extend along the driveway 8-18 feet to allow for a formal and comfortable access.

if your adding features such as pillars or steps, be sure that you work with industry professional to ensure that the height or length of the units are appropriate for the scale of your home. 

If you intend to install a pool, ensure the pool deck has a patio for entertaining or lounging, & consider the size and amount of furniture you wish to incorporate.

Wide front entrances or interlocking walkways, are inviting, comfortable, and practical.
Wide front entrances or interlocking walkways, are inviting, comfortable, and practical.

4) Design It Safe & Comfortable

Making your walkways and entire landscape safe and practical is very important. We recommend adding landscape lighting to your design, including path lights, pocket lights, accent lights, and LED undercount lights. For superior slip resistance, our CREATIVE precast paver collection offers many options and unique textures, accompanied by great warranties for our Canadian 4-seasons and aggressive weather patterns.

When identifying the right product for your pool deck there are things you must consider. Safe, non-slip surfaces, lighter stone colours, non-abrasive edges for pool copings, and inset borders to help define the pool edge are all features to consider.

Techo-Bloc Borealis paver has texture, is warm, and can offer some grab and slip protection.
Techo-Bloc Borealis paver has texture, is warm, and can offer some grab and slip protection.

5) A Great Investment When Done Right 

A great landscape and hardscape will increase the value of your home, and will allow it to sell faster and for more money. Incorporation of borders, planters, walls, pillars, and other home accents really dress up your outdoor space and give it life. However, if done wrong, a landscape investment may not show a return. If you are designing your own space, we recommend reviewing it with a few industry professionals before putting the shovel in the ground or reach out to a recognized landscape firm with a great portfolio.

6) Inviting Spaces vs Just A Space 

Create a patio that is truly an extension of your home. With so many paving stone and natural stone options in our hardscape collection, you can mould an outdoor living space with magnetic energy that will draw you and your company to that space with ease. A great space is naturally inviting & warm feeling, making it easy to host gatherings, and connect with family and friends. Many small details, and often the art of simplicity is what is required to creating a great space, so be sure to consult with the pros. Stone landscapes can be cold if complimenting items are not incorporated appropriately, but they can make the space all the same when the package is drafted with perfection.

Motivating outdoor spaces lure you to use them more than an average landscape!
Motivating outdoor spaces lure you to use them more than an average landscape!

7) Pools, Water Features, & Added Benefits

If you’ve dreamt of a pool, hot tub, or spa at some point in your life, then don’t leave the idea out of your design. Sometimes going that extra mile during the construction and messy period is well worth the added cost and time. A meandering stone walkway with beautiful gardens and accents leading from one ambiance of your property to the next can be captivating, fun, and exciting. Take advantage of the mobilization cost your trades have already included in your quote, and piggyback on their efforts by including all aspects of your perfect landscape

Pools and hardscapes that accompany them such as this natural stone coping and accent Eva paver by Techo-Bloc are award winning options for any landscape!
Pools and hardscapes that accompany them such as this natural stone coping and accent Eva paver by Techo-Bloc are award winning options for any landscape!

8) Contour, Movement, & Elevations

Different elevations can be fun and emotional! Properly planned steps, multilevel areas and retaining walls can get technical, but they can add a dramatic result to your landscape.

Be sure to consider drainage for all stone landscape areas, especially when multi-level areas are being installed.  Guiding water away from the pool and your home can sound easy enough, yet it can be an art, and one for the professionals. In areas where it is difficult to grade pool decking or hardscape areas away from a foundation or pooling area, we recommend that installing drains that will transport excess rainwater to an appropriate location.

Dimensions and added outdoor living areas add excitement and make a landscape investment valuable.
Dimensions and added outdoor living areas add excitement and make a landscape investment valuable.

Some Key Notes Before You Start Digging

•Your outdoor space should be designed to connect with your home and express your character  & personal sense of style. Reach into our extensive colour swatches and palette of textures, shapes, and sizes, and bring your creative landscape to life!

•Coming home after a long day of work, or a wonderful vacation is so much more valuable when you have a welcoming and professionally designed landscape, with stone features. Be excited to come home and park in your stone driveway, with unique accents and borders that set your home aside from the rest. Be motivated to get home each day and capitalize by enjoying your exciting landscaped property!

•Your landscape entrance is where all first impressions are made, and where we meet and greet our family and friends. An interlocking paver or natural stone front entrance creates an inviting entrance into your home and really extends your landscape.

Dimensions and added outdoor living areas add excitement and make a landscape investment valuable.
Precast stone paver and wallstone designed at its best.

Stone landscape & hardscape Installation Checklist:

Now that we are reviewed the art of proper hardscape design, let’s ensure you are ready for the entirety of a project. Like any interior or exterior home or office renovation, there are many additional items and accessories required for a proper, professional installation. Our goal is to ensure that you purchase the correct materials, and the highest qualities materials that exist in the landscape industry. This assures a quality driven project, with long lasting results, and eliminates the opportunity for error. Below, we have highlighted the materials that should accompany your interlocking purchase:

  1. Delivery – of all of your material to prevent complication
  2. Geotextile / filter cloth / landscape fabric – to canvas or wrap the excavated area
  3. A-Gravel – for a minim um 8” compacted sub-base under the bedding layer
  4. #2 Sand or HBP – for the or bedding layer directly under the paver
  5. Adhesive – for any application where the pavers or wallstones must be glued together
  6. Edge Restraint – an edge restraint that support the outside of the pavers 
  7. Spikes – 10” non-galvanized spikes for the edge restraint
  8. Polymeric Stabilizer Sand – a bonding sweeping sand to fill the joints of the pavers
  9. Sealer – that is best suited for your stone and aesthetic preference
Hardscape and paver accessories are all a part of a stone landscape.
Hardscape and paver accessories are all a part of a stone landscape.

Our CREATIVE precast and natural paving stone Collection Consists Of:

1) Best Way Stone 

adelaide, agora, aquapave, ardesia, avari, basketweave, bellagio, bellagio antico, corso, flagstone, galleria, manhattan, moderna, pathway, richmond, standard, double standard, standard press, strada, strada antico, tresca, trevista, trevista smooth, villa, antico stacker, belvedere, garden lock, hazleton, palladio antico, parkwall, parkway antico, parkwall smooth, ridgewall, soho wall

New Avari paver by Best Way Stone, in Glaciar Creek colour.
New Avari paver by Best Way Stone, in Glaciar Creek colour.

2) Techo-Bloc

agerdeen, antika, aquastorm, blu 45, blu 60, blu 80 (smooth, slate, granitex, polished, HD, galaxy), borealis, borealis stepping stone, diamond, dunes slab, eva, flagstone, hera, inca, industria, inflo, linea, maya slab, mezzo slab, mika, mista, mista grande, monticello, ocean paver, para slab, pure, san marino, sleek, squadra, travertina, travertino raw paver, tux, valet, venetian series, victorian, villagio, baltimore, borealis wall, brandon, escala, g-force, graphix, manchester, mini creta architectural 3” & 6,” mini creta pillar, precott, prescott pillar, raffinato, raffinato pillar, rocka wall, samma polished & split face, skyscraper, travertina wall

3) Brooklin

banff, barnboard, inversa, lakeridge, peninsula slab, quarry stone, remington, santa fe, tree stump, winchester,  landmark, manor wall, quickwall

Barnboard by Broolin is a wonderful and unique paver choice to highlight your design style!
Barnboard by Broolin is a wonderful and unique paver choice to highlight your design style!

4) Unilock

metro slab, brussels block, windermere, windermere smooth, europaver classic, hollandstone, double holland, optiloc, granite, umbriano, tribeca cobble, sense, series, ratline, beacon hill flagstone, beacon hill smooth, bristol valley, mattoni, promenade plank, thorn bury, il campo, richcliff, courtstone, town hall, copthorne, u-cara multi-face, rivercrest, lineo dimensional stone, brussels dimensional wall, architextures wall, pisa2, sienastone, durahold, sienastone smooth, sonomastone, durahold, stackstone

5) Natural Stones 

Indian Sandstone, Limestone, Granite, Porcelain, Demestic & Imported natural stones, as well as Cobble stone. Including Banas Stone, Oakville Natural stone, custom imported stone, and Ontario Wiarton stone.

Beautiful natural stone pavers are a great choice for warmth and beauty in any stone landscape.
Beautiful natural stone pavers are a great choice for warmth and beauty in any stone landscape.

BEFORE YOU GO

Delivery

We of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own landscape. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes!

https://creativelandscapedepot.com/creativepro_directory.php

We have an extensive library of product photos, including, veneer stone images, hardscape images, mulch & ground cover images, creative landscape images, accessory images, and all other major product categories.

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of working with a CREATIVE team member or a CREATIVEpro. A well designed landscape with an inviting ambiance increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does a well designed landscape extend your living space, it can also offer many other social and lifestyle benefits.

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to start the design stage for your landscape, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of fire professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the use of our network for value-added results!

Contact Us

For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our on site displays are elaborate, and showcase our extensive variety of fire features, fire pits, and fire bowls. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any landscape investments begins! 

We are located 30 seconds North of Waterloo, where Weber Street and King Street intersect by the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Continue into our small town of St. Jacobs you will notice our landscape / stone supply depot on your left hand side.

519-664-0225

info@creativelandscapedepot.com

www.creativelandscapedepot.com

1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for reading – we sure hope you found some value within this blog:)

The CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT team,